Shoreham town meeting wrap-up 2018

SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their town meeting endorsed all the money items on their warning, including a fiscal year 2019 highway budget of $752,939 that reflects an almost $75,000 increase compared to this year.
The increase was associated with ramping up a part-time highway department position to full-time, elevating road crew salaries to the regional average, and the inclusion in the budget of a $40,000 local match for a state grant to repair Shacksboro Road.
Residents also overwhelmingly endorsed a fiscal year 2019 town budget of $310,652.
Other articles green-lighted by residents included:
•  $20,000 to boost the town’s Highway Equipment Reserve Fund.
•  $10,000 for the town’s Fire and Rescue Vehicles and Equipment Reserve Fund.
•  $5,000 for the town’s Sand and Salt Shed Reserve Fund.
•  $5,000 for Shoreham’s Building and Grounds Repair Reserve Fund.
•  A combined total of $23,793 for various Addison County social service agencies serving Shoreham.
There were no contested races on Shoreham’s ballot this year.
Elected unopposed were Will Stevens, town moderator, one year; Julie Ortuno, town clerk, one year; Kathleen Brisson, town treasurer, one year; Loren Wood, selectboard, three years; Karen Shackett and Will Stevens, selectboard, both for one year; Jim Ortuno, selectboard two years; and Cora Waag, library trustee, five years.
Also, resident Tanya Scuteri was elected as a write-in candidate for four years of a five-year term for library trustee.
Shoreham residents are part of the consolidated Addison Central School District that delivers K-12 public education to seven Middlebury-area towns. See separate story, this issue, on how the 2018-2019 ACSD and Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center budgets fared at the polls.

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